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“Darktown Battery” (Lot 259) mechanical bank, circa 1888, J & E Stevens C.  (Cromwell, Conn.), original cast iron working mechanical bank with paint wear.

A 20th Century Machinal Delight

Nye & Company Auctioneers / November 16, 2022


Nye & Company’s upcoming online auction, titled “Property from a Private Collection: A 20th Century Machinal Delight”, is slated for Wednesday, November 16th, starting promptly at 10 am.  This amazing collection – all of it the lifetime vision of a single collector – is comprised of all manner of mechanical and musical devices, games and all the associated ephemera one could ever hope to find to accompany them. There is a superb collection of mechanical and still cast-iron banks, tin toys and books with a Black Americana theme, and a fine collection of early Berliner, Victor and Edison cylinder and disc players and accessories. All of them – many of them rare or unusual examples – are in operating condition and include the original paperwork. Bidders can participate in the live auction by either arranging for phone bids by calling (973) 984-6900, or by bidding online through one of four online auction platforms: www.nyeandcompany.com , www.liveauctioneers.com , www.bidsquare.com and www.invaluable.com . Each one of these is already hosting the online full color catalogue, and each lot is profusely illustrated with photos. Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports or info about an object is invited to visit the Nye & Company website or send an email to info@nyeandcompany.com. For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers and their upcoming auction, visit www.nyeandcompany.com.